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Strange Noises Explained

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/17/17 6:40 AM

Strange Noises Explained

Everywhere I’ve turned lately there has been some sort of spooky creature lurking (okay, usually they aren’t moving) or creepy movie ad—tis the season after all. With all these creepies infiltrating my preferred, sunshine and rainbows outlook, the noises in my house seem to be harder to disregard. Together, let’s put my mind and yours at ease for a better night’s sleep to come!  

Materials that are used to build a house- wood frames, plywood, glass, metal ducts, nails, plumbing pipes—all expand at different rates. This means, according to houselogic, as a house cools at night, the materials may move slightly, rubbing against each other making noises that could make you sit straight up in bed! “But they seem to be happening more frequently,” you may say. To that I respond, “Tis the season” but literally this time, it is the fall season which means that while the sun may warm up our days the nights are usually filled with crisp, cool air causing your house to cool even more.

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance, Home Materials

Dinner Ruining Your Pipes?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/9/17 6:45 AM

Dinner Ruining Your Pipes?

I was not fortunate enough to have a garbage disposal in my house, growing up, so when my husband and I bought our first home and there was a garbage disposal, I used that sucker for everything! I mean if you can run it down the drain and you don’t have to smell old dinner sitting in your garbage can, why not do it?! Not too long ago, I was trying to shove chunks of frozen chili down the drain (with the water running of course) and that is when the hubs realized that perhaps I was overusing the disposal. Then the other day I came across an article that warns about types of food which can ruin your plumbing… oops! Maybe I can help you to avoid the possibility of ruining your pipes with dinner.

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance

October Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/3/17 6:45 AM

October Home Maintenance Checklist

Man! We are busy, as a society! I often feel like I don’t have time to take a breath and then I look at friends of mine and think, “seriously, where do they find the time to____?”. More often than not, the blank in that question is filled in with some sort of deep cleaning or home maintenance activity. But let’s be honest with one another, to be a good homeowner and to save us money and headaches in the future we should be performing preventative maintenance on our homes. When I used to work in hotels, we made sure that all of the guestrooms received preventative maintenance on a consistent basis to catch maintenance issues before they happened. If hotels do that for the complete strangers that stay with them, shouldn’t we for our families?

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance

Keep Your Flame Burning

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/12/17 6:50 AM

Keep Your Flame Burning

I don’t know where you live (that’s right, you can rest easy) but where I am the crisp fall air is moving in and with it comes football, chili, and pumpkin scents everywhere! That makes this girl a pretty happy camper! Get out your snuggly jammies because you are going to need them in these next few months. However, if you are fortunate enough to have a fireplace you may not need to pull out your flannel sheets just yet. 

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Topics: Maintenance, Cleaning, Home Maintenance, house cleaning

September Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/4/17 8:00 AM

September Home Maintenance Checklist

Man! We are busy, as a society! I often feel like I don’t have time to take a breath and then I look at friends of mine and think, “seriously, where do they find the time to____?”. More often than not, the blank in that question is filled in with some sort of deep cleaning or home maintenance activity. But let’s be honest with one another, to be a good homeowner and to save us money and headaches in the future we should be performing preventative maintenance on our homes. When I used to work in hotels, we made sure that all of the guestrooms received preventative maintenance on a consistent basis to catch maintenance issues before they happened. If hotels do that for the complete strangers that stay with them, shouldn’t we for our families?

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance, home improvement

August Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/11/17 6:30 PM

August Home Maintenance Checklist

Man! We are busy, as a society! I often feel like I don’t have time to take a breath and then I look at friends of mine and think, “seriously, where do they find the time to____?”. More often than not, the blank in that question is filled in with some sort of deep cleaning or home maintenance activity. But let’s be honest with one another, to be a good homeowner and to save us money and headaches in the future we should be performing preventative maintenance on our homes. When I used to work in hotels, we made sure that all of the guestrooms received preventative maintenance on a consistent basis to catch maintenance issues before they happened. If hotels do that for the complete strangers that stay with them, shouldn’t we for our families?

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance

Weekly Home Maintenance Needs

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/4/17 6:30 PM

Weekly Home Maintenance Needs

I’d say we all have the little stuff taken care of—when the garbage is full, we take it out. When the milk spills, we clean it up. Heck, we even know to dust and vacuum but there are home maintenance needs that are easily neglected and can lead to health concerns or costly maintenance down the road. Below are some commonly neglected areas that need weekly attention. 

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance

Clean Pipes Naturally

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 6/13/17 6:30 AM

Clean Pipes Naturally

“Now those are some good-looking pipes,” said no one ever… unless maybe you are a plumber. But don’t we all want some good looking pipes? If for no other reason than so you don’t have to wait several minutes for your sink to drain! Traditional drain and pipe cleaners contain harsh chemicals, which I’m sure you could guess. How else, is it supposed to blast through the grime and hair build up in your shower drain?! The bad news is that those effective chemicals are not only dangerous but can corrode your pipes in the long run. 

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance, home improvement, house cleaning

Spring Maintenance You Should Do

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 3/30/17 7:00 PM

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year – is it yours? Okay, maybe I can do without the list of chores that rack up! Last week we discussed how to space out those must-do spring-cleaning tasks (like cleaning furniture and organizing your closets, which you can read more about here).

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Topics: Spring, Maintenance, Home Maintenance, spring cleaning

Fridge Coil Cleaning How-To

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 1/25/17 8:00 PM

We know it’s dark and dusty – but don’t be afraid. Those coils are no force to be reckoned with - cleaning your fridge coils every six months to a year helps your appliance cool more efficiently!

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Topics: Maintenance, Cleaning, how-to, appliance, fridge, refridgerator, coil

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